Needs were being met Saturday in Bannon Park in Portsmouth when local Christian group, ‘Hands of Grace’ (HOG) held a community outreach to meet physical and spiritual needs.
Carmen Josey, founder of HOG, said they are seeking to serve people in need throughout the local community.
“We are having another one of our Hands of Grace ministries, providing lunch and a clothing give away to the 14th Street area,” Josey said. “We have been doing this since last September, and we go to several different areas here in the local community, and we try to serve those who are in need. This is just another one of the projects that the Lord has given us to do.”
HOG generously distributed lunch with help of the Portsmouth Salvation Army Canteen on site. Additionally, school supplies and a variety of different articles of clothing were available for people to take at their discretion.”
HOG is also continuing to experience growth in the group’s membership, which is composed of a network of local churches. Christ Temple of Portsmouth recently joined HOG. Ricardo Nelson, member of Christ Temple, and new member of HOG, said they are ecstatic about being a part this ministry.
“We are delighted, and excited about being a part of this great movement so that we can show our support to our community, to the young people, and everyone in need,” Nelson said. “We want to help in any way that we can on other events and projects that Hands of Grace does. Myself, our youth department, our men and women’s departments of our church desire to work collectively to help this ministry.”
Darren Miller, member of Living Faith Temple and HOG member, said it is about meeting spiritual needs in addition to the natural needs.
“This is truly a blessing to be out here today to fellowship with everyone,” Miller said. “There are a lot of people that are in need of a lot of things, not just food and clothing, but spiritual food. So, I am just really thrilled and honored to be out here today to fulfill God’s will. I believe this is what God has called me to do.”
Live music was an avid part of the event, with the sounds of gospel music. There were also prayer gatherings, in which people joined hands, offering up prayers for a host of needs.
Brady Womack, a member of Pleasant Green Baptist Church, and HOG member, said today’s event was simply awesome.
“This is an awesome event going on here today. I am part of Pleasant Green Baptist Church,” Womack said. “Sister Carmen Josey had a vision of this hands-on ministry, and I just think it is great. This is something that is really needed to help our community, and I am just glad to be a representative of our church, and to be a part of this.”
James Calder, member of the Portsmouth Salvation Army, and HOG, said the entire nation is in need.
“This has really been a blessing. This community needs us, and not just this part, but it is everywhere,” Calder said. “Our nation needs us, and people need to realize that end is coming soon, and I am going to ready for him.”
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